A ghost story from the city of Valletta, Malta. Told by storyteller Dale Gilbert Jarvis, and recorded live at the "Voices in the Vaults Summer Storytelling Series" on Friday, August 29, in the Newman Wine Vaults Provincial Historic Site, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
A classic ghost story, incorporating motif E281 - "Ghosts haunt house." While this story could be told about countless port towns, this particular tale is based on a story from the walled city of Valletta, on the island of Malta.
The story is said to be true, and the street in question is St. Ursola Street, in the heart of the old city. An early version of the Maltese tale was written up in Blackwood's Magazine in the 1800s, and a more recent version can be found in Joseph Attard's book "Ghosts of Malta" (Malta: Publishers Enterprises Group, 1997). A reworking of the story can be found in the book "The Golden Leg and other Ghostly Campfire Stories" (St. John's: Flanker Press, 2007) by Dale Gilbert Jarvis.